READER BULLETINS: Aug. 16-22, 2018

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Saturday, August 18 at the Odd Fellows Hall beside Star Lake in Belmont the fun commences. Starting off at 3 p.m. it’s games, games, games and lots of prizes. Plus, DJ Brett Myhre will keep the fun moving with lots of music leading up to a live-music event with Jenny Porter and Jeb Porter and Friends.
At the lake you will find fun for the whole family. Everyone can take part in the games, especially the traditional tug-of-war, and there will be a face painting table, raffle table, tie-dye shirt table (make your own and wear proudly……or not) and a table of those fabulous desserts and cookies made by Gloria’s Pantry.
Funds raised from Summer Palooza support Reinbow Riding Center’s therapeutic horsemanship program, an important tool for improving the mental and physical well-being of children and adults. The funds raised are used to support the program, and also provide financial assistance to those that need our help but may not be able to afford it. We serve clients in Rutland and Windsor County and some beyond. For more information and regatta rules visit

Wine & Beer tasting with Basket Raffle (21+ event), Friday, August 17 at the Proctor Marble Museum 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
All proceeds go to Our Yard to help fund local holiday events, town gardens and community gatherings.
Cost is $20 and includes a wine glass and five raffle tickets. Wear flip flops and receive five additional raffle tickets, and all veterans receive an additional five tickets.

Step back in time as hostesses in Colonial attire greet guests in homes along Castleton’s historic Main Street during the 80th Annual Colonial Day House Tour, Saturday, August 18. The Castleton Womans Club sponsors this annual event featuring over a dozen sites throughout the village, including outstanding period homes, public buildings and historic sites. To mark the 80th Anniversary of Castleton Colonial Day, representatives from the Vermont Legislature will present a State Proclamation at 4 p.m. at the Castleton Federated Church.
Following this year’s tour there will be a free Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by the Castleton Historical Society. At 4 p.m., New Haven Connecticut Museum and Historical Society Director William Hosley will talk about “Country Houses for a New Republic: Connecticut and Vermont’s Master Builders.” He will discuss the contributions of some legendary builders whose work helped give birth to a new architecture that was distinctive both worldlwide and nationally.
The 2018 Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held rain or shine, Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour tickets $20 ($18 seniors 62+) and can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-468-5691 or e-mail:

Billings Farm & Museum is featuring Heritage Chicken Day on Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A variety of heritage chicken breeds will be featured, including threatened and rare breeds like the Blue Andalusian and Buff Laced Polish. All are protected breeds of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a nonprofit membership organization working to conserve over 180 historic breeds of livestock and poultry and maintain genetic diversity.
Heritage Chicken Day will feature programs and information about each breed’s unique traits, plus interesting facts about chickens and eggs. Chicken-themed activities and programs for children will include make-and-take crafts and games.
Admission includes all activities and programs, plus the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, and the 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition. For more information on Heritage Chicken Day visit or call 802-457-2355.

For the first time ever, members of the Green Mountain Astronomers will come to the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, August 18, for a “Solar, Deep Sky, and Mars Astronomy Night.” The event is from 7:30 to 11 p.m., and is dependent on clear night sky conditions. Admission is by donation. Call 802-759-2412 to confirm the program is on.
The astronomers will share their knowledge and telescopes for you to learn more about the wonders of the solar system, deep sky, and to take a special look at Mars. If conditions permit, you will also be able to safely observe the sun before it sets, with the largest commercially made telescope dedicated to solar astronomy in Vermont.
The astronomers expect to set up in the flat area below the Chimney Point museum building. Plan to bring flashlights and to walk down the driveway to the access area and then along the path at the base of the building to the lakefront area.
The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17, at the Vermont foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge. For more information about the state-owned historic sites, visit Join the Vermont State Historic Sites on Facebook.

Sunday, August 19, members of the Twist o’Wool Guild and other fiber arts guilds will be in residence on the porch at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison to demonstrate a variety of fiber skills, crafts and arts, and share their knowledge with the public. The program runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Drop in any time. The program is included in the price of regular museum admission ($5 for adults; free for children under 15).
The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located at 8149 VT Route 17, at the Vermont foot of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. Call 802-759-2412 for information. The site is regularly open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays through October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information about Vermont’s state-owned historic sites, visit: Join the Vermont State Historic Sites conversation on Facebook.

The new pipe organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fair Haven, VT, will be officially dedicated on August 23, at 7 p.m. Three organists will share the event on the five-rank instrument, which was installed in June of this year by the builder, Timothy E. Smith of Portageville, New York. Walden Moore of New Haven, Connecticut, the organist/choirmaster of one of the largest Episcopal Churches in New England, Trinity Church on the Green, will be featured, as well as Timothy Smith, the instrument’s designer and builder, and June Hale, organist/choirmaster at St. Luke’s. Also featured in the dedication recital will be the newly formed children’s choir of St. Luke’s, accompanied by the organ and a professional organist and violinist, David von Behren of New Haven, CT.
The church is located at 146 N. Main St, Fair Haven, VT. The admission is free and there will be a reception during the evening. All are welcome. For more information, call June Hale at 802-537-2198 or email her at

Andy McEachron is once again organizing a fundraiser to honor Andy and Suzanne McEachron’s late daughter Shelby on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club, Route 30, Poultney. “Shine on Shelby” will open with a golf tournament at 8 a.m. at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per person for a four-person team, which includes golf, cart, prizes and food. To enter, contact Andy McEachron at 518-791-0105. In the evening, starting at 6 p.m., the event transitions into a dinner at the country club that will feature both a silent and live auction. A Surf & Turf dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8 p.m.
More information is available on the Shine on Shelby Facebook page. Tickets to the dinner and auction are $85 per person or $150 per couple. To purchase, contact Andy McEachron at 518-791-0105 or email
All proceeds from the event will support the Shine on Shelby project for the improvements at the Granville Little League Fields and the Haynes House of Hope, a comfort care home for the terminally ill in Granville, New York.

Rutland Regional Medical Center will be holding a free community presentation on concussion injury, on Thursday, August 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional.
Certified athletic trainers from iSport and Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic will discuss the latest and most up-to-date information on concussion injuries. They will discuss the myths and misconceptions concerning concussions and provide information regarding the diagnosis of an injury, as well as return-to-learn and return-to-play guidelines.
Registration is required. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

This year’s raffle, the proceeds from which go back into the community, will be held Friday, September 7, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing will start at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $110 per ticket, which admits two adults 21 and over. Catering is provided by East Creek Catering. Grand prize is $10,000 plus numerous other cash and door prizes. Rutland South Rotary is also asking those attending to bring nonperishable food items for the Rutland Area Community Cupboard.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802-345-9873.

32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition
Billings Farm & Museum will host its 32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition through September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring quilts made by Windsor County quilters.
The exhibition will include quilting activities and demonstrations for every age and skill level, with quilters on hand to discuss their work. Challenge quilts made by the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild will also be exhibited. A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members, with the goal of improving their quilting skills.
Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the operating dairy farm, orientation and farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs and activities.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. For further information call 802-457-2355 or visit

Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pittsford Village green. Only handmade, homegrown items by local artists and crafters. Basket raffle, bake sale and jack o’lantern decorating contest (all ages) hosted by the Marble Valley Pittsford Grange, win prizes and trophies. For more information on becoming a vendor contact: Beth Richards, 773-2843, No direct sales.

Are you new parents? Do you find it difficult to discipline your child? Are you looking for effective ways to make your child a better person? Oftentimes, parenting can be hard, especially when you’re still new at it or simply don’t know where to begin.
Rutland Regional will be piloting a 5-week parenting course, presented by Casey Thomas, September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at 160 Allen Street, in Rutland. Using the Strengthening Families curriculum, this workshop will help to bolster protective factors for parents that enable strong parenting skills and gives insight into the developmental, emotional and psychosocial challenges of your children. These protective factors include such qualities as resilience, building strong social connections, understanding the development and emotional competence of children, and knowing your community supports in times of need.
Advance registration is required for this free workshop. For more information, visit or call 802-772-2400.

Rutland Regional Offers Tai Chi Class for Beginners
This beginner-level class runs from August 27 to October 1 and is taught by Laurie Knauer, in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional. It will be offered twice each evening: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of graceful exercise that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. It is considered safe for all ages and levels of fitness. The benefits of Tai Chi include stress reduction, increased balance and flexibility, relaxation and pain relief. It is recommended for anyone with arthritis, diabetes, stress, and a variety of other health conditions.
Cost of the course is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register visit or call 802-772-2400.

A New Candlelight Evening Service
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fair Haven announces the addition of a new half-hour service to its weekly schedule: a candlelight evening service held every Wednesday until Thanksgiving, from 7:30 – 8 p.m. The newly installed Smith-Gilbert five-rank pipe organ will be heard in each service, and the church’s new Chorister program, open to children ages seven through twelve, will provide some of the music throughout the year.
The service follows the Order of Compline which draws upon texts from the psalms, biblical readings, hymns and prayers entreating God for a peaceful rest after a day of work and activity. The service is free. No offering will be collected. The church is located at 146 N. Main St, Fair Haven. For more information or questions, call 802-537-2198 or email